JHS Muffuletta Fuzz *Free Shipping in the USA*
In 1967 the legendary Mike Matthews started experimenting with
circuits for the electric guitar, and by early 1969 he had created a
circuit that has become one of the most legendary, collected and
mythical pedals in the history of guitar effects. With 30+ versions made
throughout its almost half a century lifetime, the Big Muff
Distortion/Fuzz has personally pioneered the sounds of some of the
biggest bands and musical movements in history. The Muffuletta is our
tribute to the legend and story of one of the greatest pedals ever
invented. Let’s take a look at what makes the Muffuletta the ultimate
recreation of this circuit in a way that has never been done before.
The heart of the Muffuletta is the fact that it replicates five (yes
five) classic Big Muff circuits from years gone by as well as a new and
original JHS version for a total of six Muff models. All executed
without any digital signal processing or digital emulation. When you
choose a model, you are achieving analog tone that uses real components
and values found in the original units. We have selected our favorite
classic versions from the pages of history and made them available in
one small format pedal that is easy to understand, operate and do what
it should do… replicate rare, expensive, mythical and sought after
versions of this circuit with ease.
Looking at the pedal, there are four controls: Volume, Tone, Sustain
and Mode. The “Volume" control works just like any other volume control
allowing you to adjust the overall output of the pedal to your taste.
The “Tone” control lets you brighten or darken your overall tone. The
“Sustain” control is best understood as a gain or distortion control as
it gives more distortion to the circuit. The “Mode” control lets you
choose from our six different versions of the Big Muff on the fly.
Looking at the “Mode” control you will see six icons around the lower
50% of the knob. Let's take a look at each mode and why they made the
cut to be in the ultimate Big Muff tribute.
JHS - "2015" The JHS Muff is a JHS original take on
the classic circuit. You will find this version more powerful, less
compressed with a more haunting mid range. It is also the best for bass
73 Rams Head - “1973-1977 V2” The 73 Rams Head gets
its name for the strange little elfin looking face that appears on the
lower right corner of the pedal. Over the years people nicknamed this
unit based on the fact that is looks somewhat like a lamb or animal. It
is best known for having a scooped mid range, less gain and being
overall darker. Famous users include David Gilmour (main Pink Floyd
recordings), Ernie Isley (Eisly Brothers), and J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.)
The Triangle - “1969-1970 V1” The Triangle Muff gets
its name from the triangle arrangement of the knobs on the original
unit. It is best known for having more low-end response and being more
articulate. Famous users include Santana, David Gilmour's Pete Cornish
made pedal boards, John Lennon, Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine), and
possibly Jimi Hendrix.
The Pi - “1977-1978 V3” The Pi Muff gets its name
from the instantly recognizable red Pi symbol on the top. This is not to
be confused with the later redesigned NYC version released much later
in 2000. It is best known for a more aggressive sound. Famous users
include Frank Zappa, Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Jack White, The
Edge (U2), Beck, and Pete Townsend (The Who).
The Russian - "1999-2009 V8” The Russian Muff gets
its name from the “Made in Russia” text found on the back. It is best
known for having less clarity and less low end. Famous users include Dan
Auerbach (Black Keys), Chris Wolstenholme (Muse), and Robin Finck (Nine
The Civil War - “1991-1993 V7” The Civil War Muff
gets its name from the old style Civil War era font found on the
enclosure as well as the navy and grey colors found on many. It is best
known for having more mid range, brighter overall tone and less gain.
Famous users include Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), John Fogerty, Jeff
Tweedy (Wilco), Mike Mills and Peter Buck (REM).
The Big Muff has an amazing history and has been used by some of the
most influential guitarists ever. Never before has there been a single
pedal that gives you all these different eras of it’s tone. We are
convinced that the Muffuletta can fit in anyone's rig who loves dirt,
distortion and fuzz, and we think it will be hard for you to disagree
once you plug it in and play.